OUTLINE OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCE DEGREE

From your first year, you will start to acquire abilities and skills on the BSocSc programme that prepare you for your future studies and for challenging careers in all areas of professional life. Apart from your core modules in Social Policy and Sociology, you will receive all the support and academic advice you need to help you choose the most appropriate combination of subject modules for your career or graduate study choices. Smaller tutorial groups within your programme will help you to get to know people and make new friends.

 In Stage 1 students take 12 modules (60 credits) from a range of subjects in the Social Sciences. As well as taking 9 core modules (4 in Social Policy, 4 in Sociology and 1 General Social Science module), students can also take optional modules from Archaeology, Economics, Geography, Information and Social Computing, Philosophy, Politics, or Psychology.  The subjects you choose in Stage 1 may affect your pathway choices.

Academic advice is available for students to help them choose the most appropriate mix of subjects for their career choices and to allow them progress to the Path of undergraduate and graduate study most suited to their career needs.

Examples of how Stage 1 might be structured

Year 1 (Stage 1) Year 1 (Stage 1) Year 1 (Stage 1)
Example One Example Two Example Three

Sociology:  20 credits

Social Policy: 20 credits

General Social Science module: 5 credits

Politics: 15 credits

Sociology: 20 credits

Social Policy: 20 credits

General Social Science module: 5 credits

Psychology*: 10 credits

Elective Module: 5 credits

Sociology: 20 credits

Social Policy: 20 credits

General Social Science module: 5 credits

Geography: 10 credits

Elective Module: 5 credits

* While Psychology may be taken as a 10-credit subject in Stage 1 of the BSocSc, it cannot be taken as a major subject after that.  However, some of the study paths contain specialist Psychology modules and Psychology modules can be taken as elective modules after Stage 1.

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